Mary Wagner entered into eternal rest on October 14, 2015. Born in Brownsville in 1948, she was the only child of Fred and Helen (Bellinghausen) Satterwhite. Mary attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville receiving her bachelor's in math. While pursuing her degree, she met her husband, Charles (Chuck) Wagner: her love for a lifetime of 45 years. Mary and Chuck returned to Brownsville to care for her elderly parents. She became an inspiration to students as an educator at Brownsville High School. Wanting to offer her students more, she earned her Master's degree in 1972, majoring in Math Education and minoring in Computer Science. Continuing her career as an educator, she went on to Pace High School for 15 years. At Pace High School, she found 'joy' as their student council advisor. Her husband joined her mentoring the council members. Deciding she wanted a new challenge in her educational career, she moved to Texas Southmost College, which later became University of Texas at Brownsville.
While at the university, she specialized in the various levels of math. Later, she found her true calling in developing a course for elementary teachers. Her love encouraged her to team up with another professor from Texas State University to set-up a camp, "For the Love of Math". This summer camp brought teachers and elementary students together to learn new forms of loving and understanding math. The teachers teach from Master teachers, which were hand picked by Mary. Mary always had time for any student that needed and asked for help, not limited to their studies, but with any personal issue. No issues was too small, she was there to help and wanted to help. Even when she retired she was still helping tutor students.
While she was worried that retirement would not keep her busy, it turned out that was far from the truth. . She use to say that she was so busy that she did not have time to finish her projects: sewing her quilts, knitting scarves, hats, making baby blankets, and other items. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling to San Antonio to visit her sister-in-law, Mary Smith, and other family members. Mary was a gentle woman with a radiant smile for everyone. She is survived by her husband Chuck, son Charlie, and daughter Helen.
A Rosary will be held at Holy Family Church, 2405 East Tyler Street, on Sunday October 18 at 4 pm, the funeral/Memorial will be held at Holy Family Church on Monday 19 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make donations to The Camille Playhouse, contact phone number is 956-542-8900 or by email camilleplayhouse.org.